Wild Wonder and Wisdom is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C) that seeks to empower young people through outdoor education. Kathy King, the founder of WW&W is an experienced teacher of 16 years and qualified outdoor education facilitator running Forest School sessions since 2007 and has recently qualified as an outdoor instructor meaning that WW&W is able to offer indoor wall climbing, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, trail running, sea swimming, and SUP as part of our outdoor education provision. By the end of 2019 we also hope to be able to offer sea swimming and Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) too.
Kathy King is a Science and Psychology specialist who has worked with a variety of vulnerable groups including the homeless and young people with special educational needs including social, emotional and behavioural problems. She is passionate about harnessing the power of being active in nature, and using it as a tool to improve emotional literacy (self-awareness, motivation, self-regulation, empathy and social skills). She has undertaken research to prove how participation in a 6-week Forest School programme can increase attendance and reduce exclusion rates from mainstream school. Kathy uses the fundamentals of the holistic Forest School approach in all that she does and believes that it has the impact to create positive changes in our behaviour.
Having experienced high levels of work-related stress and anxiety Kathy made a life-changing decision to leave teaching and enrol on an outdoor instructor programme. The 2-day a week course provided an opportunity to master new skills and focus on what she considered to be really important in life. It was on the water that the idea for our Wild Camp Training Programme was born. This is a project aimed at young women who are currently out of education, employment and/or training (N.E.E.T) and is designed to empower and increase physical and mental health, in particular emotional literacy so that these young women can make rational decisions about how they want to make a positive effect in their communities.
So far in the South West, Kathy and WW&W have worked with Smart Savings (Numbers Nursery), Perennial Harvest, the Young Empowered Women (YEW) project (Women’s Centres), School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), Nature Workshops, Little Winnick Touring Park, Mevagissey Community Primary School, Active Cornwall and Young People Cornwall.
Any profit we make when delivering programmes to paying customers goes straight back into providing Wild Camp opportunities for free for the more vulnerable members of our society.